Old Age – a State of Mind
In this article, we are discussing Old Age – a State of Mind. Basically, old age is nothing, but a state of mind as in this contemporary word there’s nothing called old age. Most of us want to have an eternal youth. Well, there is no magic potion for that but you can live your life to the fullest. There is nothing more worrisome than the increasing number of candles on the birthday cake. There is so much you can do to halt the process of aging but eventually, it is going to happen sometime. Many people say “Age is just a number.” And it is true because you will only feel old as you make yourself feel. When people start becoming older in age they tend to give up activities that would make them feel youthful and energetic. However, there are such people who no matter how old they get are always on the move, they socialize, they work out and they do what makes them happy. Therefore, Old Age is just a state of mind.
“I think being in love with life is a key to eternal youth” Doug Hutchinson
Few Ways to Live and Love Your Old Age Life:
- Setting goals:-
There is no point of giving up on life just because you are old. You can set new goals for yourself and your future. Just because you are not working anymore, it doesn’t mean that you are done with life. Make new goals, learn a new language, create a to-do-list and work around it. Probably many a times you might have thought that you would do something once you have time, so this is the time to do everything you had been postponing. Get Set Go!
- Physically active:-
Yes, it is very important for people with old age to be physically active. It has its own advantages. It makes you safe from a number of ailments and diseases. It keeps you healthy and in good shape. So just stay active, walk, run, cycle, swim, rowing, play golf do whatever you feel like but just do something. Let your heart pump and sweat out.Also, being physically active will help you achieve the accomplishment of your to-do-list. You would enjoy this.
Appreciate and be grateful for what you have in life. Your family, your friends, a house to live in and your pets all of these make your life worth living. Appreciate what you can and be grateful for waking up healthy in the morning. Be grateful that the sun is shining, be grateful that you have a gift called life. There is so much to appreciate. You are in a much better place than others.
Create a network, meet and socialize with new people, talk to them and seek support whenever required. If you are sad talk to your friends but just don’t get bogged down as it will only make things worse. You need to have someone to talk to in case you need. At times, our children are busy in their lives and ignore these things. They hardly have time to sit and talk as they are always on the go, we can’t blame them but it is the lifestyle that demands so. Anyway, it is better to build up a network and socialize as much as you can. It will make you feel joyful.
Most of you must be wondering, why this point when we are already alive? Well being alive and living are two different things. Being alive means breathing but living means your style of being alive. Let us consider 2 people of same age group wherein one of them is burdened with the responsibilities of the grandkids, whereas another is roaming about freely and making new friends. Who do you think is alive and who according to you are living? Think about it. Make good choices.
- Eat Healthily:-
Eating a nutritious healthy diet is very essential. You are at an age where your body needs all the essential nutrients. So eat a lot of green leafy veggies, fruits, nuts and drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. Have a kitchen garden at home and eat from the garden. Cut down on processed food and sodas. Stay away from unnecessary sugar and carbs. Have more proteins and more fibers in your diet. Include everything green and avoid red meats. Use less oil. You know what is good for health.
Travel and explore new places. Meet new people and have a lot a fun. Travel is to live and we generally do not travel due to our work schedules and personal life. But now that you are retired, you have plenty of time, plenty of experience and enough money to travel around. Go anywhere you want to go. Even if that is a religious place or maybe an island somewhere in the middle of the ocean. Just go and make the most of your life. You can thank us later!
Reading calms and soothes the mind. You have to choose your favorite genre to read. But just to make it simpler for you, don’t look for depressing books. Read something which makes you feel younger at heart. Read some travel novels, or some biographies or love stories for that matter. Just read and you would begin to see life with a new perspective altogether.
- Cut Down on Bad Habits:-
This is very important. You need to stop consuming alcohol and smoking as well. These are not only injurious to our health but also the health of our family members. Cutting down on smoke will make you more healthy and will add a few years to your life. Smoking causes lung cancer and also makes you age quickly. You will find wrinkles on your face and body so it is better to quit smoking. Red wine once in a while is okay but do not adopt it as a habit.
Meditation will make you more connected to the higher self. 10-15 minutes of meditation will make your heart and body healthy. You would consciously make good choices and this will be beneficial for your overall wellbeing. You can ease your pains and anxiety, you can come out of depression and stress. So it is worth trying.